Buckingham Palace is the official residence of the Royal Family and one of London’s most popular attractions. Located in the City of Westminster, this grand building is where the Queen lives and carries out many of her ceremonial duties, and it is regularly used for official state engagements. These include elaborate banquets and audiences with leading political figures and other visitors. Every year, the Queen also hosts a series of garden parties for the public at the palace, which are one of the summer’s social highlights.
If you are eager to get a glimpse of how royalty live and soak up a rich dose of British history, portions of the palace are also open to the public for tours.
What to see at Buckingham PalaceConsider starting your royal day out in London by taking a stroll through the beautiful Hyde Park towards Buckingham Palace. From here you can take in the splendour of the palace exterior before catching the world-famous ceremony of the Changing of the Guard.
When you are ready to explore the royal residence itself, you can join a tour of the 19 exquisitely furnished State Rooms inside. The rooms are brimming with impressive antiques from the Royal Collection, including exclusive artworks by esteemed painters such as Rembrandt, Rubens and Canaletto, as well as exquisite furniture and other fascinating objects. Keep your eyes peeled because there are plenty of treasures on view.
You can also see the Gold State Coach, used at coronations, plus the Diamond Jubilee State Coach and other historic carriages that have carried the Queen and other monarchs in the palace's Royal Mews. The palace also hosts regularly changing exhibitions of art from the Royal Collections in The Queen's Gallery. The team at the Radisson Blu Portman Hotel, London will be able to tell you what is currently on and offer more advice on visiting the palace, so you can make the most of your royal experience.